So the number of weeks we’ve been stuck at home has finally reached double figures, and it has been a journey, to say the least.
With the sun coming out in full force this week I’ve tried to take it as a little sign to have a fresh start. The mice who live in the building seem to have moved on, we’re allowed to go into parks and public areas without fear of being shouted at, and I may actually be able to get a wee tan going before I go back to work. Bonus!
A few things have happened this week, some good, some not so good, but I wanted to talk about my birthday. Not because I’m self centred and want to keep milking the day of my birth even though it was four days ago, but because it was so special, and everyone I cherish in my life made me feel so loved.
I have been so surprised over the course of the last week with acts of kindness and thoughtfulness that I have been shown. Deliveries have been coming to the door, a cake was delivered, and I got so many lovely birthday messages my heart felt full to the brim. In times like these where we cannot be with the people we love, little gestures mean the world, and it is more important than ever to reach out to the people who are important to us. It’s so easy to become disconnected, and now, more than ever, is the time to stay in touch and maintain our relationships, even from afar.
Another act of kindness brought up a different kind of surprise for us this week. We had way too much cake (I love red velvet, so bought a huge one from Cotsco, not knowing my friend had also made me a red velvet cake and was bringing it round on my birthday) and so instead of having to put it in the bin, I cut off two huge hunks of the Costco cake and brought it to our downstairs neighbours, who we have never really spoken to before. It turns out the woman who lives downstairs shares the same birthday as me, and we were born in the same year as well! We had a socially distanced chat – me on the stair and her within the confines of her own flat, and it turns out we have quite a few things in common so have agreed for her and her husband, Mr OneBigStressball and I to hang out once restrictions ease to the point of being allowed to chill out outside in groups. It’s nice to know that the people we share a building with aren’t weirdos!
Stay safe and healthy, everyone!